Does Learning Languages Make Kids Smarter? Bialystok, Petitto and Gazzellone Share Their Thoughts

by Corey · 2 comments

Although we included this video in our May 1st Week in Review post, I wanted to create a separate post for it. Why? Because it is just that good! Watch it below to find out for yourself and then spread the word!

What did you think of the video? Are you left with unanswered questions? What would you have asked these experts if you had been the moderator? Do you feel more encouraged about raising your children multilingually? Let us know in the comments section below!

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Corey Heller is the founder of Multilingual Living and the Editor-In-Chief/Publisher of Multilingual Living Magazine. Multilingual Living is the place where she shares her knowledge about raising multilingual and multicultural children. Corey, an American, and her German husband live in Seattle where they raise and homeschool their three children, ages 15, 14 and 12, in German and English.

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1 D'Andre August 3, 2013 at 8:54 am

This video has been very informative for me. Answers some questions that my husband and I have been discussing for some time now. The fact that its coming from such professional sources only adds to our drive to expose our children to more languages.


2 Ute August 4, 2013 at 5:42 am

To be honest, there was nothing I didn’t already know. I think in Europe we’re less questioning the bilingualism or multilingualism than in US or Canada. I’ve studied bilingualism and know a lot about this. Being multilingual myself and raising multilingual children, I kind of have done my own research on this topic and my results are the same as mentioned in this interview. I went to an international school, spoke already Italian and German by the age of 2 and added French when I was 6, English when I was 11. Other languages followed and I can only say that you can learn languages your whole life. It depends on your motivation and dedication if you will become fluent. Also the phonological part is still possible, if you learned ad imparented language at an earlier stage. There are studies who point out that if an English child is exposed to Chinese phonetics very early, he can become fluent in Chinese also later.


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